Concerns have been raised relating to the growing number of incoming workforce in the Brae area so this is maybe a good opportunity to highlight an alarming increase in traffic as an associated consequence of the issue.
I’m witnessing this increase along with a deterioration in driving standards from the perspective of a commuting cyclist. The behaviour of many road users is appalling especially at peak times.
Journeys to and from work at Sella Ness can be very intimidating and I find myself not just an observer of this fast and aggressive trend but often a victim forced to take evasive action to avoid close calls … Yes there are many of these.
I reckon I have at least one “near death experience” per week. Probably the most common scenario is oncoming overtaking traffic where my only option is to make a split second manoeuvre to leave the road.
I’m left feeling shaken and very vulnerable and then angry. It’s not as if I’m not visible; I use lights night and day and wear reflective clothing. Many drivers just don’t “Think Bike”.
“Report it,” folk say. But I’m dubious what that will achieve. After all it happens so quickly that self-preservation is priority not taking numbers and other details.
A while ago I contacted my employer to inquire why they didn’t support the government bike to work scheme. The immediate retort was that the roads around Lerwick are too dangerous for that.
Well it’s only going to get worse especially if attitudes like that are prevalent in our community. So maybe it’s about time something was done by those who can.